Ken Hargreaves

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Joseph Kenneth "Ken" Hargreaves MBE, KSG (1 March 1939 – 23 June 2012) was the Conservative Member of Parliament for the Hyndburn constituency in Lancashire between 1983 and 1992.[1] A Chartered Secretary and company administrator by profession, he served as a local councillor and mayor before his election to Parliament.

In 1990 Hargreaves founded the Movement for Christian Democracy with Liberal Democrat MP David Alton (now Lord Alton of Liverpool) and served as Vice-Chairman. After his defeat at the 1992 general election, he worked for Conservative Central Office as a liaison to local Conservative clubs. In the 2005 general election he supported the Conservative candidate James Mawdsley, a human rights campaigner.

On 29 December 2006 Hargreaves was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to the community in Lancashire, in the Queen's New Years Honour's List.

In 2012, he was honoured with a Papal Knighthood of the Order of St Gregory the Great.

He died on 23 June 2012 at the East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn.[2]

A devout Roman Catholic, he was a parishioner of St Mary's RC Church in Oswaldtwistle.

Affiliations[edit]

  • Pro-life lobby group Right to Life.
  • President - Accrington and District Blind Society
  • President - Hyndburn Arthritis Care
  • Chairman of the trustees - Maundy Relief
  • Disabled Association for Sport in Hyndburn.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Hyndburn
19831992
Succeeded by
Greg Pope